Making Sense of the American Civil War is a scholar–led series (part lecture, part discussion) that explores the Civil War as well as the economic and political culture of mid-19th century America from a variety of perspectives. We will discuss eyewitness accounts by soldiers and military leaders, speeches by key decision makers, interpretive commentary by historians, and literary renderings of life on the ‘home front.’
The discussions will be facilitated by Dr. Denise Askin, Professor Emerita of St. Anselm College. Attendees will read the novel March by Geraldine Brooks, Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson, and selected readings from America’s War edited by Edward Ayers.
The series will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1 and will continue at the same time on October 8, 15, and 29, 2014. In addition to the discussions there will be two film viewings: Friday October 3 at 2 p.m. to view the film Glory and Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. to view the film Lincoln.
October 1 – Imagining War – the first session of the Civil war series, used fiction to enter the bewildering world of America during the Civil War. In the novel March, by Geraldine Brooks, Reverend March (the father of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott) leaves New England to minister to Union soldiers. His experiences threaten the very beliefs that led him into the war. Participants will compare the “real life” journal kept by Louisa May Alcott in a Civil War hospital, with Brooks’s imaginative exploration of horror and redemption in war time.
This program is free and open to the public. It is not necessary to attend all the meetings but registration is required in order to assure distribution of materials. To register call the library at 249-0645, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up on the online library calendar at www.wadleighlibrary.org. Copies of the books are available now at the Circulation Desk. A syllabus with reading assignments will be emailed to registrants.
Sponsored by the NH Humanities Council, NEH, and the American Library Association